Where East and West Africa meet, Uganda offers its visitors lush forests, arid savannahs, vast lakes and mountain ranges, as well as an array of wildlife including the Big five and the infamous mountain gorillas. The allure of this incredible landscape is what led Winston Churchill to describe Uganda as “the pearl of Africa”.
Despite this, Uganda is amongst the poorest countries in the world and, according to the World Health Organisation, it has one of the worst healthcare performances in the world. Major concerns include the lack of medical knowledge and inequalities in the access to healthcare, with rural areas being grossly under-staffed and not well equipped compared to hospitals in urban centres. Ugandans living in rural areas need all the help they can get!
It is widely accepted that ‘Health is wealth’, with good health being a strong foundation on which success and prosperity can be built. With the strain on health professionals ever increasing, volunteers are highly valued in the underdeveloped healthcare industry of Uganda. Volunteers are essential to helping to improve public health, supporting local clinics and hospitals, making healthcare more accessible and educating people on basic health and sanitation practices.
The healthcare understanding and practical experience you will take away from this project will undoubtedly be eye-opening. Not only will you gain a valuable and life changing experience but you will also have the opportunity to make a positive change to those local communities most in need.
• Gain valuable work experience with professionals within the medical and healthcare field
• Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
• Learn about different health practices and work hands-on with local communities in need
• Make lifelong friends with your new healthcare colleagues
• Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda
Certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physicians credentials.
Kampala or Fort Portal, Uganda
Work with medical professionals in hospitals, public and community health centres
Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
Gain hands-on work experience within the medical sector, assisting local communities in need
Volunteer guest house or stay with a host family.
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country Project orientation and support
3 meals a day
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)
A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.